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Labour Standards (Code of Conduct)

Mr. Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are giving to initiatives to raise public awareness in developing countries on codes of conduct on labour standards. [153127]

Clare Short: The Government strongly support the ILO's core labour standards, and are actively seeking to raise awareness of voluntary codes of conduct based on these, for the working of business in developing countries. In particular, the Government set up and fund the Ethical Trading Initiative, which is an independent organisation with a tripartite membership of trade unions, non- governmental organisations and companies which seek to implement and monitor a "base code" of labour standards in the supply chains of corporate members. The ethical trading initiative does this by working closely with local organisations in developing countries and by working to raise awareness of labour standards and the "base code" among employers and employees.

The Government also work closely with other industry organisations such as the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum whose members are committed to corporate social responsibility issues including labour standards, and work in part to raise awareness of these issues in developing countries.

Sierra Leone

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the humanitarian assistance given by her Department to civilians in Sierra Leone, with particular reference to the amputees in the special amputee camp. [152954]

Clare Short: DFID funding to date for humanitarian assistance to civilians in Sierra Leone has been allocated for the following purposes.

To enable 15,000 vulnerable farm households in Port Loko, Kambia and Bombili districts to produce food for direct consumption and income generation through the sale of surplus crops.282,000
To improve health status in SL particularly reproductive health in line with the priorities of the MoH. (Freetown)392,000
To increase access to, and maintain utilisation of good quality health services which are delivered, managed and increasingly funded by the MoH as the implementing agency transfers control to the MoH. (Bonthe)644,000
The resumption of a quality primary education for children in Freetown, Bo and Kenema.379,000
To provide displaced families in Mile 91, Yele and Masimera chiefdoms with essential household items and provide 10,000 displaced children with used clothing.260,000
To protect the health of up to 20,000 displaced (new and existing) people in camps in Freetown, by ensuring sufficient water and sanitation provision, alongside hygiene promotion.302,000
To maintain water, sanitation and hygiene promotion facilities in four camps and identify partner organisations to take over operational work within 12 months.850,000
To provide emergency non-food items through the provision of basic shelter, clothing, bedding and water storage/collection materials in Tonkolili, Port Loko and the Western area.1,527,000
To contribute towards meeting the minimum basic water, sanitation and shelter needs of 10,500 internally displaced persons located in the National Workshop IDP camp in Kissy, Freetown.51,000
Primary health care, watsan, and shelter for IDPs (Easten Freetown).134,000
To reduce morbidity and mortality rates among the rural community by providing a network of primary healthcare facilities throughout the district which provide accessible and affordable healthcare. (Bo)443,000
Protection and tracing assistance to displaced families, health care and emergency food aid.500,000
To equip vulnerable, disaffected and marginalised youth with the skills and education needed to sustain meaningful livelihoods in Kenema and Bo.76,000
Rural development.449,390
Community peace building.80,550
Regional including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast
Separated Children's Programme. Better protection of the rights of separated children in the sub-region.906,261
Community Leaders Peace Initiative169,488
Regional Radio Initiative.230,619
UNOCHA to assist their coordination role in the region.500,000

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Among those assisting amputees are World Vision, Handicapped International and Medicins Sans Frontieres.

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The amputee camp (which is not exclusively occupied by amputees) currently has 267 amputees.